As the threat of bombing raids intensifies, newly-qualified teacher, Phyllis Saunders, is evacuated with her school to Dorset.
Here she encounters prejudice and suspicion. But she is determined to make the best of life, for herself and the children in her care. All the while her fiancé and submariner, Sammy, is facing danger out at sea.
Then the Blitz hits London and Phyllis, trying to persuade her mother to return to Dorset with her, gets caught up in it herself. Shaken but alive, she returns to the relative peace of the countryside. But soon she is nursing a secret she can tell no one.
Until the news that Sammy’s submarine has been sunk reaches her, and she is forced to make a decision she hopes she will never regret…
Publisher: Arrow, Oct 2015
This is a touching story of love and hope. War separates families and children who are sent away for safety – in many cases and never see their parents again. A small community loves and nurtures the children. Even the ones you think have no hope. I loved the character of Phillie and all her friends at the farm and in the WI. The Author, Milly Adams. A great first novel written with knowledge about the submariners and the WI.